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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9

with Diana Weynand

Video: Welcome

Find out how to build a polished documentary using Final Cut Pro X and essential documentary editing techniques.
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  1. 3m 30s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
    3. A word about Final Cut Pro X versions
      1m 18s
  2. 11m 21s
    1. Understanding what makes a good documentary
      3m 38s
    2. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 32s
    3. Reviewing the project's media assets
      4m 11s
  3. 24m 5s
    1. Organizing and screening footage
      4m 12s
    2. Importing footage
      3m 37s
    3. Organizing and screening interview and B-roll footage
      6m 53s
    4. Annotating and renaming clips
      5m 1s
    5. Filtering and searching for clips
      4m 22s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. Make preliminary editing decisions
      6m 38s
    2. Creating mini-storylines to contain groups of clips
      5m 42s
    3. Syncing audio tracks from two different cameras
      5m 32s
    4. Deciding what you don't want in each segment
      7m 34s
  5. 24m 20s
    1. Combining primary story segments into a primary storyline
      6m 43s
    2. Clarifying the story
      6m 19s
    3. Identifying and marking project needs
      5m 13s
    4. Adding cutaways from B-roll footage
      6m 5s
  6. 25m 14s
    1. Evaluating the project's pace and timing
      6m 57s
    2. Tying up loose ends
      7m 49s
    3. Smoothing the project's story content
      4m 29s
    4. Retiming clips
      5m 59s
  7. 15m 17s
    1. Editing still images or creating a montage
      6m 8s
    2. Animating still images
      4m 11s
    3. Incorporating sound effects
      4m 58s
  8. 31m 29s
    1. Adding titles and lower thirds
      7m 37s
    2. Smoothing out the rough edges with transitions
      5m 23s
    3. Combining and mixing sound sources
      10m 45s
    4. Matching and correcting color in clips
      7m 44s
  9. 10m 21s
    1. Sharing the movie
      5m 13s
    2. Archiving the project
      5m 8s
  10. 51s
    1. Goodbye

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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9
Video duration: 0s 2h 51m Intermediate


This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Apple Final Cut Pro X and a few essential editing techniques. Author Diana Weynand demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. After reviewing existing footage, explore how to build and define a narrative, assemble rough cuts, and create motion graphics. Then see how to adjust B-roll shots, incorporate color correction and audio mixing techniques, and export the final movie.

This course is part of a series that looks at documentary editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications.  For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Logging interviews and organizing footage
  • Pulling selects and focusing ideas
  • Assembling scenes into rough cuts
  • Creating a title graphic sequence
  • Animating images
  • Tightening clip timing
  • Compressing and exporting multiple files
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Hi, I'm Diana Weynand, and welcome to Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X. In this course we'll look at what makes a good documentary, how to cultivate an audio narrative, and how to evaluate a documentary for pace and timing. I'll start by showing you how to annotate Click Content and focus your organizational structure in the event browser. Then I'll look at how to use individual projects to create the building blocks for a story and then combine those projects into a single primary storyline. We'll combine audio sources together and fix awkward sound edits to achieve a fully-polished sound mix.

We'll be covering all these features plus plenty of other tools and techniques. There are so many ways to edit a documentary, but the more you learn about the process and how to apply specific tools, the better prepared you will be to solve any problem that's presented to you. Now, let's get started with Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

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